Abrazo Scottsdale hosts information seminar, support group for those considering weight loss surgery

National Institutes of Health reports continued trend of obesity


More than two-thirds of the U.S. population experiences obesity, and the numbers continue to increase.

Obesity increases health risks because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among others. According to the National Institutes of Health, rates of obesity are continuing an upward trend:

  • Almost 3 in 4 men (73.7%) were considered to be overweight or have obesity; and about 2 in 3 women (66.9%) were considered to be overweight or have obesity.
  • Obesity was higher in women (about 40%) than men (35%)
  • Extreme obesity was higher in women (9.9%) than men (5.5%)

When diet, exercise and medications have failed, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, according to a press release. Weight loss surgery may provide effective, lasting relief from severe obesity for appropriate patients, according to Yolanda Farmer, regional director of bariatric and general surgery at Abrazo Health.

“Weight loss surgery is designed to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and it can help alleviate many other obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, depression and more,” said Ms. Farmer in a prepared statement.

Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like any surgery, it does have risks, Ms. Farmer says.

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus has two upcoming events for people interested in weight loss surgery.

The first, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, is a surgical weight loss informational seminar featuring bariatric surgeon, Dr. Daniel T. Fang.

The second event is a weight loss surgery support group 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, also featuring Dr. Fang.

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus is at 3929 E. Bell Road, in Phoenix.

“Those who are considering surgical weight loss are encouraged to consult with their personal physician about the risks and benefits,” she said.

“By changing your gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures affect the production of intestinal hormones in a way that reduces hunger and appetite and increases feelings of fullness. The end result is reduction in the desire to eat and in the frequency of eating. Unlike dietary weight loss, surgical weight loss has a higher chance of lasting because an appropriate energy balance is created.”

The National Institutes of Health, as well as the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery also recommend that surgery be performed by a board certified surgeon with specialized experience/training in bariatric and metabolic surgery, and at a center that has a multidisciplinary team of experts for follow-up care.

“Regardless of which bariatric surgery procedure you and your surgeon decide is best for you, it is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a tool. Weight loss success also depends on many other important factors, such as nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and more,” Ms. Farmer said.
Abrazo Health offers bariatric weight loss programs serving the Valley and beyond with compassionate weight loss team members and bariatric physicians who offer personalized weight loss wellness plans.

For more information about surgical weight loss procedures, information seminars, support groups and more, visit AbrazoHealth.com.